WACO, Texas (KWTX) When Alexis Morris was dismissed from the Lady Bears prior to the 2018-19 season, Baylor head coach Kim Mulkey had to find a point guard that could help lead her team back to the NCAA Tournament.
La Vega's Juicy Landrum was an option, but they needed her more as a kick-out option for 3-pointers.
Moon Ursin was available, but unproven.
With only one more season to take advantage of the best post duo in the country -- Kalani Brown and Lauren Cox -- Mulkey took on LSU transfer Chloe Jackson, who has not only excelled in the point guard role this season, but is doing so after virtually no experience of that while in Baton Rouge.
"We actually played against her when she was on LSU. She was really good then," Cal head coach Lindsay Gottlieb said after the Golden Bears' loss to Baylor in the Round of 32. "I know she wasn't naturally a point guard. (Baylor) had a need for a point guard, and she's been able to fill that role to the tune of being the number-one team in the country. Credit to her for figuring out what they need her to do, and she's done it really, really well."
Jackson has always been a reliable shooter, whether it's with her mid-range shot or from beyond the arc. For a player learning a new role, averaging more than five assists per game and barely more than two turnovers is as much the reason for the Lady Bears' 33-1 record as the Cox-Brown duo.
Both Jackson and Brown played in their final home games at the Ferrell Center Monday night, when Baylor defeated Cal 102-63.
With the result virtually decided, the seniors entered the game momentarily so Mulkey could let them walk off the court to a standing ovation.
"I was more shocked than anything," Brown said. "I don't know, I'm going to miss it for sure. I'm a little sad but I just want to thank Baylor nation. I'm so grateful."
"I definitely think I made the best decision," Jackson said. "The fans have been amazing. They're family for sure. This one year, it's really felt longer to me. Yeah, it's a blessing."
Baylor will play in the Sweet 16 for the 11th straight season against South Carolina Saturday at 1 p.m. Fans are encouraged to cheer on the team when they depart the Ferrell Center Thursday at 3:30 p.m.